Action Teams

We work in action teams as determined and by the strategic planning process. Below are each team's goals, progress, and plans as of March 2018:

 

Ease of Use

Goals

By June 2019, 50% of current Farm to School Coordinators report that they have advanced the growth of their Farm to School program.

By June 2019, five schools in Vermont will create a new Farm to School Coordinator position.

Strategy

Build a community of practice to increase capacity for Farm to School coordination through professional development and efficient access to resources.

Action

Continue regional, in-person gatherings to allow for learning and sharing.

Publish quarterly newsletter focused on providing information on professional development opportunities; regional, state and national highlights; and Farm to School trends.

Promote Farm to School resources and tools from Network teams.

Economic Value

Goals

By June of 2019, 10 legislators and 20 school decision-makers will make more informed decisions about their investment in farm to school, based on improved knowledge of the economic value of farm to school, and the relative return on that investment.

Strategy

Build the data, evidence, and compelling case to show the relative value of Farm to School vs. non- Farm to School for legislators and decision-makers.

Action

Distribute and share the 2018 Vermont Farm to School Case Studies.

Recruit new Team members and identify next strategies.

Educational Value

Goals

Develop a campaign to secure Farm to School support (endorsements and action commitments) from school administrators.

Strategy

Build a strong commitment for Farm to School from key leaders in education, and create a stronger alignment between Farm to School and current priority initiatives in education. 

Action

Together with the Policy Demand Team, develop a campaign that makes the case to school leaders on the value of Farm to School programming.

Policy & Demand

Goals

Convince decision makers, state legislators, and school boards/administrators to invest in Farm to School and universal meals.

Strategy

Pass a bill in the Vermont State Legislature that would: support schools in Vermont that want to provide universal school meals; expand Farm to School grants program to early care providers; increase state funding of Farm to School; support sustainability of Farm to School programs and local purchasing.

Action

Together with Educational Value Team, expanding the school toolkit project into a campaign to reach administrators and help them make informed decisions on Farm to School programming and school meals.

Together with the Supply Innovation Team, explore the feasibility of a statewide Beef to Schools program.

Supply Innovation

Goals

40 School Food Administrators in Vermont will define their local food purchasing values and increase annual local purchasing by 5% in 2018-19.

 

Strategy

Help schools define their local food purchasing values and goals, and document local food purchasing. 

Action

Together with the Policy Demand Team, explore a statewide Beef to Schools initiative.